Construction Crew Leader – New Construction -National AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. This is a federally funded program that allows you a way to serve your country through direct service. Please note these AmeriCorps positions are not considered employment but are considered a term of service. Our Habitat affiliate provides members with:

  • Hands-on career/professional experience at a nationally recognized non-profit that puts low income families in affordable homes through the homeownership model
  • Living stipend paid out on monthly basis ($16,300 total for National members serving 10.5 months)
  • Housing stipend paid monthly directly to landlord ($500/month for 1st term members; $750/month for 2nd term members)
  • Transportation benefit ($54 per month gas mileage reimbursement)
  • Members who complete a full term of service (10 ½ months) are eligible for a Segal Education Award of $6,195 to be used to pay off student loans or go back to college
  • The AmeriCorps program will also pay off the interest that is accrued from your loan deferment during your term of service
  • Members also receive a health plan at no cost and are potentially eligible for food stamps

Construction Crew Leader – New Construction -National AmeriCorps

The member serving in this hands on role will help us lead volunteers on site and give the necessary boost to significantly increase the number of families our affiliate is able to serve. Kittitas Habitat is poised to build 18 homes in 3 years, join us as we take on the challenge! The Construction Crew Leader will take on the role of leading volunteers and future homeowners on site in all sorts of construction activities including but not limited to framing, siding, windows, painting, flooring, cabinet install, doors and trim, landscaping, etc. No construction knowledge or experience is required for this position, we look forward to the opportunity to teach you how to build a house even if you’ve never picked up a hammer in your life!  Habitat Construction Site Manager staff will be teaching you the skills you need to effectively lead volunteers on a daily basis. You’ll be working, learning, and leading alongside other local volunteers and homeowners which is sure to lead to a fun and rewarding work environment during your term of service. We welcome our construction AmeriCorps to join us in various community events which will encourage community members to get involved as volunteers on our worksites or to apply to be family partners. We view the construction crew leader as integral to our goals of building more homes and better neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area. The Kittitas Construction Crew Leader will be a part of a larger group of up to 11 AmeriCorps serving in neighboring King County.

We will be hiring one AmeriCorps members for this position in Kittitas County for the 2021-2022 AmeriCorps year starting tentatively in October 2021.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to alia.reimer@habitatskc.org be sure to include “Kittitas” in the subject line of email.

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Our affiliate serves both King and Kittitas Counties, click here to see opportunities available in King County.

A New Affordable Housing Neighborhood is Coming. Welcome Home!

Ellensburg City Council Approves Funding for New Water Bender Habitat Project

We are excited about the recent funding we received from the City’s Affordable Housing Fund and eager to bring more affordable housing directly to Kittitas County. The project represents a milestone in the organizations history as we embark on a new chapter as part of our joint efforts with our sister affiliate, Seattle-King County Habitat for Humanity.

The proposal was our first as part of our new strategic partnership with SKC Habitat for Humanity, and really speaks to what we can accomplish together for the hard working families in Kittitas County.

The project, located at 113 W. Bender Road, is expected to break ground in the summer of 2021. It will consist of 18 new homes serving a range of household sizes with all homes sold to those making less than 80% average median income (AMI), with three of the homes reserved for those making 60% AMI or less.

When completed, each of the 18 units will offer three bedrooms and 1- 1/2 bathrooms, allowing for flexibility in buyer needs for multi-generational families, couples, as well as accommodating small and large families.

The properties will be placed in Habitat’s Land Trust, ensuring permanent affordability for future generations and families. Through this 99-year renewable, inheritable lease that includes resale restrictions and a resale formula, this allows for equity creation that provides the owner an average of $48,300 in equity creation, based on past land trust resale properties.

We will utilize in-kind contributions for the project including donated appliances, paint, house wrap, and foam board as provided by a large-scale partnership Habitat for Humanity International provides to Kittitas County. Volunteer labor will be a large part of this project so stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved.

Information on the homeowner application process is available on buyhabitat.org and we will be contacting interested families by April 2021.

We hope you’ll join us for the groundbreaking celebration this summer and we will have more exciting details to come!

Building the Beloved Community

Next week we celebrate the birthday of Dr. King. 

We celebrate his work, and his unshakable love for his fellow human beings. It reminds me, that here, in Kittitas County, our strength lies in the wonderful people and our shared love of our communities.  

Together, we have always found ways to celebrate our triumphs, encouraged all creative aspects of life and thinking, and we are quick to come together to help a neighbor through a tough time. We look out for each other because it is the right thing to do, it is the decent thing to do. 

As we celebrate a man who believed in building a beloved community of justice, of equal opportunity, and for a world that left no room for poverty, prejudice or violence, consider joining us in committing to build a beloved Community. 

Let us come together and build a beloved community of hope and understanding. A community based on helping others, working with our neighbor to create strength, stability, and self-reliance for all. 

Kelle Vandenberg, Area Director

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.